Transfer Credit Policies

Benedictine University accepts transfer course credit from regionally accredited colleges and universities if the courses are deemed comparable in scope and rigor to courses offered at Benedictine University. Other transfer courses that are commonly regarded as a study in the liberal arts are evaluated on an individual basis. Credit identified as developmental or pre-college in level of study may be used as a basis for placement and advising purposes, but will not be accepted as transfer credit.

To be accepted in the major or minor area, or in Basic Skills, courses must have a grade of “C” or better. A grade of “D” or better is required in all other areas, except where program requirements specify otherwise. Grades earned at other schools are used to determine transferability of credit, but are not included in the Benedictine University cumulative GPA. Students cannot earn duplicate credit for repeated courses.

Acceptance of transfer credit to be applied to the major or minor area is determined by the appropriate academic department chair or program director. Requirements designated mission specific or institutionally unique must be taken at Benedictine University. Courses taken prior to specific dates may be unacceptable as transfer credit because of substantial subsequent developments.

Benedictine University is a participant in the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI), a statewide agreement that allows transfer of completed Illinois-transferable General Education Core Curriculum courses, and selected major courses between participating institutions.

Credit for nontraditional experiences, including military education, will be considered based upon American Council on Education recommendations. Military education credit is considered as an external credit program. 

Credit from international institutions must be evaluated by Educational Perspectives, Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc., or World Education Services before submitting to Benedictine University for review. Credit is subject to Benedictine University’s transfer credit evaluation criteria.

Credits Transferred from Other Institutions

Credits to be transferred from other institutions are evaluated based on their equivalent at Benedictine University. This determination is made by the Transfer Credit Evaluation Team and, if needed, the appropriate department chair or program. Transfer grades are not counted in the cumulative GPA earned at Benedictine University.

Quarter credit hours transferring from other institutions are converted to semester credit hours:

  • 5 quarter credit hours = 3.33 semester credit hours
  • 4 quarter credit hours = 2.67 semester credit hours
  • 3 quarter credit hours = 2 semester credit hours
  • 2 quarter credit hours = 1.33 semester credit hours
  • 1 quarter credit hour = 0.67 semester credit hours
Repetition of Courses

For courses taken at Benedictine University, undergraduate students, both degree-seeking students and students-at-large, may repeat a course in which they received grades of “W,” “D” or “F” no more than two times. Students may not repeat any course in which they receive a grade of “C” or better. When a course is repeated for credit, the earlier earned grade remains on the student’s permanent record and will appear on all transcripts. Only the last enrollment and earned grade will be used in computing the cumulative GPA and awarding of credit. If a student wishes to repeat a course originally taken at Benedictine University and in which an earned grade was received, the repeat must be a course at Benedictine University. A repeat may not be by independent study or by study at another institution. The Academic Standing Committee may provide exceptions to this policy. An earned grade is a grade of “A,” “B,” “C,” “D” and “F.” Students who have graduated may not repeat a course for credit in which they earned a grade of “A,” “B,” “C” or “D” previously. A student who has graduated may only audit a course in which they previously earned credit.

Dual Credit Policy

Benedictine University will articulate, with limitations, coursework completed in a dual credit or dual enrollment program while enrolled in high school if the course is transcripted as college level on a college transcript and meets the criteria set by the Transfer Credit Policy. Coursework with a potential to count toward basic skills or major requirements is subject to review by the appropriate department chair or program director and might not be considered transferable. Coursework completed in this manner and deemed transferable will be posted on the transcript indicating completion prior to high school graduation.

Community College Credit Policy

Undergraduates with junior or senior standing (60 or more semester credit hours earned) will not be eligible to transfer community college course credit back to Benedictine University. Credit from accredited four-year institutions is not affected, nor is coursework required, by special agreements such as 2+2 or 2+3 programs. Students enrolled in 3+1 undergraduate baccalaureate completion programs are exempt from this policy.

Exceptions to the Community College Credit Policy

1. The student’s major advisor and chair of the major department both support the request in writing, with rationale and approval of specific transfer courses to complete the requirement(s),


2. All other degree requirements have been met or are currently in progress, as demonstrated by one of the following:

3a. The requirements represented by the course(s) are not available in any format at or from the student’s home campus for a full term (relative to the student’s usual academic calendar, i.e. semester, quarter, etc.) following the planned degree completion date, thus delaying degree completion for two full terms;


3b. The requirements represented by the course(s) are not available in any format at or from the student’s home campus prior to the student’s planned graduation date (as applied for and audited), and the student provides documentation establishing that failure to complete the degree by that date will result in loss of secured employment, promotion or professional certification already in progress;


3c. The student’s permanent place of residence (as established by FAFSA, tax records or other proof of long-term residency) is more than 100 miles from the home campus;


3d. The student’s place of residence has been relocated as a consequence of active military service.

Any student who wishes to apply for such an exception is to file a Community College Completion Credit Application Form. As part of completing this form, the student must provide clear course equivalencies, indicate which of the above exceptions apply and append any required documentation. The form must also be signed by the student’s academic advisor and approved by the chair or director of the program from which the student is seeking a degree. The completed form must be submitted and approved by the dean before any relevant credit is posted to the student’s transcript. If such a request is approved, all other Benedictine University policies relevant to transfer and credit still apply, including but not limited to, those governing eligibility for GPA inclusion, non-repeatability and articulation with native programs and requirements.

Residency Requirements

At least 54 of the 120 semester credit hours for graduation must be completed at a four-year regionally accredited college and at least 30 semester credit hours must be completed at Benedictine University, including at least 12 semester credit hours at the 200 level or above in the major. Courses completed at Benedictine prior to formal admission to degree status may not be used to fulfill this academic residency requirement. Such credit may fulfill other graduation requirements with the approval of the department and division chairpersons.

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